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2019 Chinese University Rankings - Top Choices for Postgraduate Study

With around 1,200 universities, China is one of the world’s emerging academic powerhouses. It’s also a popular international postgraduate destination, hosting almost 140,000 foreign students.

The Chinese government is committed to improving its higher education system and has committed a great deal of funding in recent years. Their financial backing has translated into success in global rankings, and this page provides a summary of China’s performance in the three main league tables.

Top Ranked Chinese Universities

The following table lists the best 20 universities in China in 2019, according to global rankings.

This information is based on the latest rankings tables, researched and published by Times Higher Education, QS and the Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU).

Each ranking system uses its own methodology, with different factors having more or less influence on a university's result.

For more information on using international rankings as a postgraduate, see our guide.


Top 20 Chinese Universities in 2019
University THE 2019 QS 2019 ARWU 2018
Tsinghua University 22 17 45
Peking University 31 30 57
University of Science and Technology of China =93 98 101-150
Zhejiang University 101 68 67
Fudan University 105 44 101-150
Nanjing University =135 =122 151-200
Shanghai Jiao Tong University =190 =59 101-150
Southern University of Science and Technology (SUSTech) 301-350 - -
Sun Yat-sen University 301-350 =295 101-150
Huazhong University of Science and Technology 351-400 =415 -
Nankai University 351-400 =338 301-400
Wuhan University 351-400 =257 201-300
Harbin Institute of Technology 401-500 =285 151-200
Tongji University 401-500 291 301-400
Beihang University 501-600 =491 201-300
Hunan University 501-600 701-750 301-400
Nanjing University of Information Science and Technology 501-600 - 301-400
Renmin University of China 501-600 521-530 -
Shandong University 501-600 541-550 301-400
Soochow University 501-600 - 201-300
Information in this table is based on the latest Times Higher Education World University Rankings, QS World University Rankings and Academic Ranking of World Universities. Visit their websites for more information.

How do rankings work for Masters study?

International rankings use all sorts of metrics to assess universities and they aren't all equally relevant to postgraduate study. That's why we've put together a guide to university rankings for Masters students.

So, how good are Chinese universities for Masters study?

As you can see, Chinese universities perform impressively across all three major ranking systems, with several institutions appearing in the global top 200. There’s good strength in depth, too – all 20 Chinese universities are in at least the top 600, depending on which league table you’re looking at.

It’s also worth consulting region-specific ranking systems, such as the Times Higher Education Asia University Rankings. This particular league table ‘recalibrates’ the metrics used by global rankings to give a clearer idea of Asian universities’ position relative to each other. Chinese universities also perform well here, with nine institutions in the top 50.


Top Chinese Universities - THE Asia University Rankings
University 2018 Rank
Tsinghua University 2
Peking University 3
University of Science and Technology of China 15
Fudan University 16
Nanjing University 17
Zhejiang University 18
Shanghai Jiao Tong University =20
Sun Yat-sen University 43
Wuhan University 45
Tongji University 53
Information in this table is based on the latest Times Higher Education Asia University Rankings.

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Last updated - 02/10/2018

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